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NHS Supply Chain to launch innovative Mobile and Strategic Clinical Solutions national framework agreement.

Monday 6 October 2014

NHS Supply Chain is launching the first national mobile and clinical solutions framework of its kind in December. This will ensure the required NHS clinical solutions can be deployed as and when needed in a location to suit the end user’s needs whilst still providing excellent patient care.

This service will enable NHS organisations to:

  • Cover the gap between old equipment being decommissioned and new equipment being installed
  • Continue patient services during an emergency situation, where a fixed site becomes inoperable
  • Meet key service related targets i.e. mobile theatres to meet the 18 week guidelines or to enable the general practice community to commission locally delivered services.              

The clinical areas covered include: imaging, operating theatres, strategic clinical solutions and ultrasound services while the framework allows for staff flexibility with at least one member of staff provided.

NHS Supply Chain is currently in the evaluation stages of the procurement process and is happy to discuss any organisation’s requirements today. This will ensure the customer and patient process is seamless. It also allows NHS organisations to get the mobile services they need at a competitive cost.

NHS Supply Chain will offer standardised terms and conditions to support NHS organisations to get this bespoke service solution on site.

A fast-track paperwork process means that applications will be significantly quicker than current arrangements. All suppliers will be Care Quality Commission registered, hold Monitor licences as a minimum and have been vetted via the Disclosure and Barring Service. They will also have insurance cover to a minimum of five million pounds.

Optional services such as booking, reporting services and additional staff are also available to complement the service’s standard provision.

The launch of the first mobile and strategic clinical solutions framework contains all of the attention to detail, professionalism and skill associated with NHS Supply Chain’s current contracts. This will give customers complete peace of mind that NHS Supply Chain, along with its suppliers, will ensure that service provision will be maintained to high standards.

There are several benefits of using NHS Supply Chain for mobile and strategic clinical solutions:

  • No need to undertake your own formal public procurement process tender and contract processes; NHS Supply chain offers standard terms and conditions
  • Guaranteed compliance with EU Public Procurement Regulations when purchasing via NHS Supply Chain
  • Services are tailored to meet exact demand - one size does not fit all
  • Complete autonomy of clinical choice
  • Range of supporting procurement template documents available
  • Terms and Conditions specifically designed for this framework
  • Team of experienced NHS Supply Chain dedicated staff

Emma Pearson, Buyer, NHS Supply Chain said of this innovative offer: “No other procurement organisation in the UK offers the same variety of clinical solutions for the healthcare sector. NHS Supply Chain will be providing a totally bespoke solution to any NHS organisation that requires a short to medium term expansion in service provision whilst maintaining care standards. Our set up means that we can meet any NHS organisation’s clinical service needs exactly and if required provide additional staffing.

“I would invite any interested NHS organisation to contact NHS Supply Chain to find out more about how this revolutionary new service will help them.”    

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Media enquiries:

Mark Fox
07710 966450
mark.fox@supplychain.nhs.uk

Joanna Morrison
07776 457 201
joanna.morrison@dhl.com

Notes to editors

NHS Supply Chain is rolling out its Mobile and Strategic Clinical Solutions framework in December 2014 and expects considerable interest in this service from many types of NHS organisations

Interested health care providers are invited to contact NHS Supply Chain - mscs@supplychain.nhs.uk

About NHS Supply Chain

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All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 346,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • Theatres
  • Dental
  • Audiology
  • Catering, including food
  • Infection control
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Capital equipment, including finance and maintenance.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs over 2,400 staff across seven sites. http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk.  

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